September is National Recovery Month, and Attorney General Ashley Moody is using the occasion to urge Floridians struggling with addiction to seek treatment. Attorney General Moody took emergency action to outlaw tianeptine—also known as gas station heroin. Breaking an addiction to tianeptine is difficult, but Attorney General Moody fought in court to secure more than $3 billion to for abatement projects in Florida—including addiction counseling. Today in Maimi, at a facility that will receive abatement funds, Attorney General Moody joined treatment counselors and urged those struggling with addiction to seek help.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As Attorney General, I am doing everything within the power of my position to end the deadly opioid crisis. We’re working with law enforcement to arrest drug traffickers, securing billions of dollars for abatement projects, and banning dangerous substances that fuel addiction like gas station heroin. While these efforts continue, if those struggling with addiction do not seek help, we will never end this crisis. That is why during National Recovery Month, I am urging those struggling to break an addiction to gas station heroin, or any illicit substance, to seek help now.”
More than 110,000 Americans died of a drug overdose last year, mainly due to illicit fentanyl. In the Miami-Dade area, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Medical Examiners Deaths in Deceased Persons 2022 Interim Report, nearly 600 people died of a drug overdose.